For the past 5 years or so, I’ve really yearned for some tangible time off to travel. One or two weeks just doesn’t always cut it, especially if you want to go far, but quitting your job for the sake of travel never made much sense to me either (especially since I graduated early from [...]
After my fantastic relaxing break in the fall-drenched Queenstown, I was rested and off to complete the last leg of my journey. I took the InterCity bus from Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier, an 8 hour bus ride that could have easily been done in 6 hours (because they stopped every hour so people could [...]
Every summer when I was growing up, my parents would dutifully take me on trips to some of America’s finest national parks. Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Glacier, the Grand Tetons, Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park… We’d go for two weeks and try to explore as much as possible, having fun as a family along the [...]
If you know me, you know I tend to stay on the safe side of the street; I don’t really seek out danger or adventure. But something has gotten into me, and I’ve fully embraced the adrenaline-filled activities that New Zealand is known for. Last Sunday, I went whitewater rafting and then I jumped out [...]
Day 1 – Auckland to Hahei Leaving Auckland we stopped at Mount Eden, a dormant volcano, for views of the city and the famous nearby Rugby stadium. We traveled through the Coromandel Peninsula to Hahei, a beach town most notable for its spectacular Cathedral Cove. As we made the drive to Hahei, I realized that [...]
New Zealand is a country that’s known for being overwhelmingly welcoming to backpackers. With so many young people on their year-long sabbatical to Australia (aided by a working visa so they can work at orchards and farms or the random odd-job to further fund their travels) New Zealand is frequently a starting or ending point [...]
I’ll just go ahead and say it – I wasn’t looking forward to visiting Auckland. It’s the biggest city in the country and I’ve made my pilgrimage here to New Zealand for the beautiful scenery and the feeling of being isolated in the wilderness. For me, Auckland was merely a place to pass through before [...]
I’m sitting on the plane en route to New Zealand, and after two days packed with exploring I finally have a free moment to reflect on my oh-so-brief time in Sydney. SNAP JUDGEMENT: Sydney is a really vibrant city! It has world-class beaches, tons of green space, beautiful coastal hikes and neighborhoods steeped in history [...]
At long last, here is the Torres del Paine “Top 5″ video that I created for the Travel Channel. I wrote, shot, edited and narrated this project, and being able to travel down to Patagonia was an amazing experience! While watching this video I just want you to imagine me with a little camera and [...]
15 days ago: I lost my job13 days ago: I went to Florida12 days ago: I bought my plane ticket to New Zealand8 days ago: I came back from Florida7 days ago: I bought my backpack5 days ago: I went to NYC3 days ago: I came back from NYCToday: It’s my last day at my [...]
Welcome to Packed Suitcase!
Packed Suitcase is a travel blog featuring quick, satisfying trips that can easily be done in a weekend from a mid-Atlantic home base.
All throughout the site, you'll find inspiration, tips, gorgeous photography and itineraries for the best quick-trip destinations, with special emphasis on showing the awesome side of lesser-known places and experiences.
Have weekend travels worthy of the Monday morning water cooler… without having to take a lot of time off of work.
My name is Chris and I'm a National Geographic Channel producer by day and a freelance travel blogger and photographer by night.
I’m passionate about empowering and enabling readers to find accessible ways to travel within their time-off constraints to become weekend warriors.
My Most Popular Post
The Day I Drank 282 Year-Old Rum
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On a recent trip to Southern Delaware, I was given a shot of rum from a 282 year-old bottle recovered from a 1733 Spanish shipwreck. Whoa...